Why did Tom Cruise agree to star in Top Gun: Maverick? Read on and find out!
I kinda love how Tom Cruise’s career has turned out. Yes, he’s still a great actor, and he has the accolades to prove it, but you can’t say things turned out exactly as one would predict. Somewhere along the way, he leaned hard into these action films. Over the past couple of decades, he’s turned into more than someone who simply stars in a whole host of action movies. Unlike many others, he pretty much insists on doing a bunch of his own stunts for real.
Pretty much the selling point of the past few Mission: Impossible movies has been to see Cruise do ridiculous things. From climbing a skyscraper to hanging onto the side of a plane and breaking an ankle, there’s no doubt that’s at least part of the appeal. However, it seems like this approach is bleeding into other franchises. This was most apparent when we learned they’d be flying for real in Top Gun: Maverick, the long-awaited sequel to the 1980s classic Top Gun.
With all this in mind, it’s not exactly surprising to hear Cruise’s own enthusiasm for the project stemmed from doing things for real.
“We just started talking,” Cruise said, referring to producer Jerry Bruckheimer. “And I realized that there were things that we could accomplish cinematically. And I started getting excited about this big challenge of, ‘How do we do it?’ So I said to Jerry, ‘I’ll do it if…’ meaning, I’m not going to do the CGI stuff.”
Yeah, that’s definitely made an impact. At this past year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Cruise himself came out on the Hall H stage. At the time, we weren’t quite sure what to expect from this movie. However, it was clear even then that doing the flight scenes without CG was a real game-changer. There was a weight to it all that we’re just not used to seeing in movies. And for good reason — it’s hard!
“I said to the studio,” Cruise continued, “‘You don’t know how hard this movie’s going to be. No-one’s ever done this before.’ There’s never been an aerial sequence shot this way. I don’t know if there ever will be again, to be honest.”
Cruise certainly knows how to hype up a film. Every year, it gets harder and hard for studios to convince audiences to make it out to the theaters. This’ll be one way to do so, but I wonder if they’ll be able to get that selling point across in trailers.
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